Expansible Cup Rim, E.g., Elastic Shirring Patents (Class 450/67)
  • Patent number: 8790153
    Abstract: A breast support garment is configured with adjustable straps, cups, and/or other components in order to facilitate modification of the appearance of the bust. Modifying the length of certain straps causes the cups to move upwards/downwards and/or inwards/outwards with respect to the center of the breast support garment. Shoulder straps or other portions of the breast support garment may pass through guide loops and/or couple to the breast cups or garment shell to permit adjustment. The location of each breast cup may be independently adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Sheila K. Campbell
  • Patent number: 8753170
    Abstract: A breast support garment. The garment comprises right and left fabric panels for overlying the woman's right and left breasts, with a relatively flat configuration when the garment is not worn. A first variable-length material strip extends from the right panel beginning at a region between the breasts, continuing along a lower region of the right breast and terminating along a side-facing surface of the right breast. A second variable-length material strip extends as the first material strip but relative to the left breast. A portion of the first material strip comprises an elastic material and they expand when the garment is worn to allow the wearer's breasts to be received within cups formed in the right and left panels. The garment provides lifting and upwardly-directed forces on the right and left breasts as the first and second material strips attempt to return to their relaxed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventors: Yvonne M Silverman, Robert J Silverman
  • Patent number: 8545287
    Abstract: A breast support garment is configured with adjustable straps, cups, and/or other components in order to facilitate modification of the appearance of the bust. Modifying the length of certain straps causes the cups to move upwards/downwards and/or inwards/outwards with respect to the center of the breast support garment. Shoulder straps or other portions of the breast support garment may pass through guide loops and/or couple to the breast cups or garment shell to permit adjustment. The location of each breast cup may be independently adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Sheila Kay Campbell
  • Patent number: 8545288
    Abstract: A reversible one-piece support bra device. The support bra device features a front section for covering and supporting a user's breasts. The front section has a first end, a second end, a top edge, and a bottom edge. The first end and second end are for positioning under a user's arms. A back section connected to front section. Together the back second and front section wrap around a portion of a user's torso around the breasts. A strap extends upwardly from the top edge of the front section near the second end. The strap extends to the back section and is for positioning over a user's shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Margaret Abood, Nilla Carlino
  • Patent number: 8506350
    Abstract: A breast support garment. The garment comprises a right fabric panel for overlying the woman's right breast when worn, a left fabric panel for overlying the woman's left breast when worn, the right and the left panels having a relatively flat configuration when the garment is not worn, a first variable-length material strip attached to the right panel beginning at a region between the breasts and extending along a lower region of the right breast when the support garment is worn, a second variable-length material strip attached to the left panel beginning at the region between the breasts and extending along a lower region of the left breast when the garment is worn and the first and second material strips expanding when the garment is worn to allow the wearer's breasts to be received within cups formed in the right and left panels and further for providing lifting and upwardly directed forces on the right and left breasts as the first and second material strips attempt to return to their relaxed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Yvonne M. Silverman, Robert J. Silverman
  • Patent number: 7938710
    Abstract: A breast support garment. The garment comprises a right fabric panel for overlying the woman's right breast when worn, a left fabric panel for overlying the woman's left breast when worn, the right and the left panels having a relatively flat configuration when the garment is not worn, a first variable-length material strip attached to the right panel beginning at a region between the breasts and extending along a lower region of the right breast when the support garment is worn, a second variable-length material strip attached to the left panel beginning at the region between the breasts and extending along a lower region of the left breast when the garment is worn and the first and second material strips expanding when the garment is worn to allow the wearer's breasts to be received within cups formed in the right and left panels and further for providing lifting and upwardly directed forces on the right and left breasts as the first and second material strips attempt to return to their relaxed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventors: Yvonne M. Silverman, Robert J. Silverman
  • Patent number: 7438625
    Abstract: A brassiere having a body portion having a first breast cup with a lower edge and a second breast cup with a lower edge is provided. A first elastic crosspiece adjacent the lower edge of the first breast cup and a second elastic crosspiece adjacent the lower edge of the second breast cup is provided. The first crosspiece and the second crosspiece overlap at a portion to form a connection between the cups. A brassiere having a body portion having a first breast cup with a lower edge and a second breast cup with a lower edge, a first elastic crosspiece connected to the lower edges of the first and second breast cups, and a second elastic crosspiece connected to the lower edges of the first and second breast cups is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Louise Tremblay, Ella Rusinowicz, Raymonde Tranchemontagne
  • Patent number: 7267599
    Abstract: The important feature of this invention is the breast cups. Each breast cup having a circumferential perimeter with a sewn in drawstring chamber about the entire circumferential perimeter; a drawstring secured within the drawstring chamber; a drawstring having a first end entering the chamber at an upper inside top edge of each breast cup at a base of an attached shoulder strap; the drawstring circumferentially surrounding the cup through a chamber and having a second end exiting at the bottom of the shoulder strap and a locking cord lock fastener to tighten and lock the drawstring to adjust the breast cups about a wearer's breast. The Drawstring Breast Cups are designed to offer the large breasted and overly heavy breasted females better support and the illusion of smaller breast size look. However, it is also suitable for the smaller breasted females seeking the illusion of fuller breast size look.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventors: Marsha Marie Allen, Ruth Bell Allen-Rhymes
  • Patent number: 5873768
    Abstract: The present invention provides an active-wear garment which comfortably provides support to the chest and back areas of the physically-active wearer, while wicking away moisture from the skin of the wearer. The active-wear garment of the present invention provides support such that the breasts of the wearer are comfortably supported and effectively immobilized when worn during physical activity of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Edie Fleischman-Ament
    Inventors: Edie Fleischman-Ament, Susan K. Krueger
  • Patent number: 5862527
    Abstract: An undergarment designed to be worn by patients undergoing surgery or wearing a hospital gown. The undergarment consists of a unisex brief and an optional brassiere for women. The undergarment is made from a waterproof material and is disposable. The loose fit of the undergarment is aided through the use of elastic. The purpose of the undergarment is to help patients feel more comfortable when wearing a surgical gown, thereby decreasing their apprehension associated with a hospital visit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Hilario Trevino
  • Patent number: 5797786
    Abstract: A post-operative brassiere for use by female patients following cardio-thoracic surgery is disclosed. The post-operative brassiere includes a first breast support cup and a second breast support cup being interconnected by a support strap which is worn about the neck and shoulders of the wearer so as to form an open gap between the first and second breast support cups over the area of the wearer's sternum whereon a surgical incision is located. The conventional torso encircling straps which overlie the sternum in brassieres of the prior art are eliminated. The post-operative brassiere allows access to the incision for routine examination and nursing care while providing adequate support to the wearer's breasts. In one embodiment the breast support cups include elastic panels disposed about the peripheral edges thereof to secure the same in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Inventors: Joey Paulette Smith, Gerald William Smith
  • Patent number: 5749768
    Abstract: An adjustable cup bra having a pair of breast cups and a plurality of adjustable length straps connected to the edges of the bra cups and extending at least partially across the cups whereby, when the length of the straps on a cup is changed, the size of the cup is corresponding changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventor: Andre Green
  • Patent number: 5119511
    Abstract: An inner bust control portion of a swimsuit includes an elasticized fabric band that completely encircles the chest. A stretchy elastic horizontal strip is attached at its upper margin, and another at its lower margin, so that the band is pulled up against the chest. Two vertical elastic strips, one at the side of each breast extends from upper to lower horizontal elastic strips. At least one midline vertical elastic strip separates the breasts so that pockets are formed within the fabric band bounded by the elastic strips. The upper margin of the inner bust control portion is attached to the upper margin of the outer fabric of the swimsuit. In an alternative embodiment of the invention, the midline vertical elastic strip or strips are replaced by a drawstring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Inventors: Jack W. Packer, Shirley G. Packer
  • Patent number: 5116278
    Abstract: A woman's brassiere individual sizes of which can accommodate a substantial range of rib cage and cup sizes. A pair of cups, with an elastic web is joined to an encircling band A shoulder loop is attached to each cup and to the encircling band. Elastic risers bind the sides of each cup and extend from the band to respective shoulder straps. An elastic cradle has a lower edge anchored to the band, and an upper free edge entirely unattached to the web of the cup so it can move in relative shear-like movement relative to the web. The cradle reinforces the web when the web is substantially deflected by a breast, and supports the lower portion of the breast independently of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Brian J. Sroub
    Inventors: Brian J. Sroub, Melvin A. Pomeranz
  • Patent number: 4955846
    Abstract: A brassiere is disclosed having a size and configuration adjustment mechanism which includes a separable fastener having first and second linear elements. The first element is attached to the vertical centerline of the brassiere. The second element has a fixed end and a free end, with the fixed end attached to the brassiere at a position along the centerline of the garment. The second element of the fastener is connectable at selected locations along the first element of the fastener to affect the vertical height of the centerline of the brassiere, whereby the selective positioning of the second element along the first element reduces the cup size in both the vertical and horizontal directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1990
    Inventor: Bert Greenberg